Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. BVLGARI is the gala event’s generous Presenting Sponsor.
This year, through the support of EJAF’s friends at BBVA Compass, the Roca Brothers of the Michelin three-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, will design and prepare a sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 90th Academy Awards.
El Celler de Can Roca has been among the top three restaurants on the influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants list from Restaurant magazine the past three years, claiming the top spot in 2015. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction. Illusionist David Jarre will make a special appearance, and the event concludes with dancing until dawn with DJ Johnny Dynell.
The Foundation is excited to announce that one of 2017’s newest breakout bands Greta Van Fleet will be the evening’s special guest performers. Greta Van Fleet features four young musicians, three brothers and their best friend, who are producing exciting, high-energy rock-n-roll. Hailing from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth, the four were raised on their parents’ extensive vinyl collections and were encouraged to be creative, daring, and innovative. Identified by Rolling Stone as one of their “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” Greta Van Fleet’s debut single “Highway Tune” was #1 for five consecutive weeks on the Mainstream (Billboard) Rock Radio charts, amassed 10-million-plus Spotify plays, and the music video has hit more than 6.8 million views since its April release. All 42 headline dates for the band’s first U.S. tour had sold out in advance. We’re excited to welcome Greta Van Fleetto our Oscar-night event.
EJAF’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $62 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, and M∙A∙C Viva Glam have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s Co-Sponsors; Fin Gray and Michael Melnick and Guy and Lisa Ruffin are Associate Sponsors. Champagne will be provided courtesy of Hatt et Söner, wines by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.
This year’s event co-chairs are Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jean-Christophe Babin, Beck, Joseph W. Blount, Boy George, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Cara Delevingne, John Demsey, Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Dockery, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Jay Duplass, Ava DuVernay, Tracey Emin, Roland Emmerich, Frank Giustra, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Patricia Hearst, Tracey Jacobs, Allison Janney, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Robert K. Kraft, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Diane Lane, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, Matthew Morrison, Mike and Kelly Myers, Kumail Nanjiani, Yvonne Orji, Sharon Osbourne, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Busy Philipps, Andrew Rannells, Pamella Roland, Jane Seymour, Sarah Silverman, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds, Steve Sims, Sharon Stone, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Steve Tisch and Katia Francesconi, Steven Tyler, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.